Scouts Building Former State School 3939 Colour 1 - Shire of Eltham Heritage Study 1992
Statement of Significance
REVISED STATEMENT OF SIGNIFICANCE, CONTEXT, 2010
What is significant? The 1922 former State school No 3939 and the 1886 former Gobur State school moved to this site in 1947 and the site surrounding each building to the title boundaries [The site has connections to HO4].
How is it significant? The two former school buildings are historically, aesthetically and socially significant to the Shire of Nillumbik.
Why is it significant? The c1922 school building is historically significant as Hurstbridge's first purpose-built state school, and also because its construction illustrates the growth of Hurstbridge following the arrival of the railway in 1912 (Criterion A).
The c1886 former Gobur State school building (relocated to this site in 1947) is historically important because it illustrates the practice of moving schools buildings on the basis of need, and previously served Gobur over many years (Criterion A).
Both buildings are historically and aesthetically significant because they provide a visual contrast with the present primary school buildings (post 1973) and serve as a reminder of how much the population of Hurstbridge and the surrounding areas grew in the late 20th century (Criteria A & E). Both buildings are socially significant because they served the local community over a long period until the 1980s (one from 1922 and the other from 1947) (Criterion G).
BUTLER STUDY, 2001
Once part of Hurstbridge's former State School, these buildings' are historically significance to the Hurstbridge district because:
. both of the buildings have served the local community over a long period, one from 1922 until the 1980s, and the other from 1947;
. the establishment of the school illustrates the growth of Hurstbridge in the early 20th century following the arrival of the railway in 1912; .
. their history illustrates the common 19th and early 20th century practice of relocating State School building on the basis of need (see also Panton Hill and st. Andrew's State School buildings);
. one of the buildings appears to date from the 19th century and has served another/community (Gobur) over a long period before relocation;
. they provides a visual contrast with the present Primary (State) School buildings (post 1973), showing how much the population of Hurstbridge and surrounding districts has grown during the 1970s and 1980s.
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EXTENT OF SIGNIFICANCE: two buildings pictured in study (450) and site